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Dorothy Gifford

February 9, 1928 — July 15, 2014

Dorothy Young Gifford, age 86, of Venice, Florida passed away on July 15th.

She was born February 9, 1928 at Riverhead, NY, the daughter of Carl Chauncy Young
and Alta Hallock Young. Dorothy was a graduate of Riverhead High School and Syracuse University with a B.S. degree in Human Development, class of 1949. After graduation she was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture – Cooperative Extension Services, Cornell University as Home Economics Agent for Chenango County, Norwich, NY.

She married Robert Case Gifford of Norwich on June 24, 1950 in Riverhead, NY.

Mrs. Gifford resumed employment in 1962 with the Florida Cooperative Extension
Service at the University of Florida in Gainsville. She was stationed in Broward
County, Ft. Lauderdale, FL as Extension Home Economics Agent-Program Leader.
Dorothy was an active member of the Florida Association of Extension Home
Economists serving as Secretary, President-Elect and President. She belonged to the
National Association of Extension Home Economists and was awarded the National
Distinguished Service Award in 1974. She was a member of the American Home Economics Association and a Certified Home Economist #04550. Dorothy was a member of the Florida International University College of Education, Division of Education Policy and Human Resource Development. She was honored for her service to Vocational Home Economics Educational Programs.

She belonged to the Florida Alpha Delta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi – National
Honorary Extension Society and was honored for Meritorious Service in 1984.

She retired in 1988 and she and Robert moved to Venice, FL.

Dorothy belonged to the Venice-Nokomis Methodist Church. She was a member
of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Association of Retired
Federal Employees and the Venice Area Garden Club. To honor her for serving
as president of the Garden Club from 1997 to 1999 a magnolia tree was planted. She was
also awarded the Florida Federation Life membership.

Her husband Robert Gifford passed away in 1989, her son Dale Gifford (Kris) in 2011
and grandson Mitchell Ross in 1990. She is survived by her daughters; Louise Smith
(Donald) and Susan Ross (Gary); sister Marion Hoffmire and four grandchildren Dwight
Gifford, Kelly Smith, Kevin Ross (Amy) and Joelle Ross.

Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home on Sunday, July 27, 2014 from noon until 1:00 pm. Graveside services will immediately follow.

Memorials in her name can be made to the Venice Area Garden Club, c/o Mrs. Dee Feeney, 1470 Colony Place, Venice, FL 34292-1550.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dorothy Gifford, please visit our flower store.

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